L’Oréal Diversity: Our key figures in 2015



  • Total Workforce

In 2010, 64% of the total workforce at L’Oréal were women. In 2015, they are 70%.


  • Women in top management

From 2010 to 2015 :

– The percentage of women in the executive committee increased from 21 to 33%.

– The percentage of women in management committees increased from 39 to 48%

– Finally, the percentage of women in International Brand Manager positions increased from 43 to 55%.


  • Recruitment

In terms of overall recruitment, the percentage of women recruited between 2010 and 2015 increased from 67 to 77%.

In operations, this percentage increased from 44 to 45%.

Meanwhile, the percentage of men recruited in R & D, decreased from 31 to 26% and from 27 to 21% in the marketing teams, over the same period.


  • Women career development

  • Training

In 2010, 59% of employees who followed a training during the selected year were women. They were 62% in 2015.

  • Promotions

61% of female employees had a promotion in 2010. In 2015, that percentage increased to 64%

  • Expatriates

34% of L’Oréal’s expatriates were women in 2010. They are 40% in 2015.


  • Remuneration in France

Since 2009, INED (Institut National d‘Études Démographiques) conducts a yearly pay analysis which shows that L‘Oréal is reducing the gender pay gap *. This study is being expanded to other countries.

In 2007 the gap was 5.9%, and it decreased to 4.05% in 2013 and to 3.96% in 2014.**

* Above average results compared to other French companies

** For management level net of structural effects and coefficients


  • Gender equality certifications

    • Within Europe L’Oréal works with the Gender European Equality Standard (GEES). Outside of the EU with EDGE, the Economic Dividend for Gender Equality.
    • L’Oréal is proud to be the leader in Europe with 24 countries meeting the GEES standard: Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, United Kingdom, Ireland, L’Oréal S.A., Austria, Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Croatia, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Romania, the Baltic States (Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia), Portugal, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland

Outside of Europe there are now 7 EDGE certified countries: Russia, Canada, the United States, Philippines, Brazil, Australia and India.









  • Within the group, the number of countries that have a legal obligation to hire people with disabilities increased from 25 to 33 between 2012 and 2015.
  • In France, for example, the legal requirement is to have 6% of employees with disabilities. This requirement was first met in 2013 with 6,06% of total employment and again in 2014 with 6,08%. The percentage of direct employment within L’Oréal’s workforce increased from 4.33% in 2010 to 4.72% in 2015. The total employment (including indirect employment) increased from 5.44% in 2010 to 6.08% in 2015.
  • In total L’Oréal employed 718 employees with disabilities in 2012 and 815 in 2014 (direct employment).
  • The L’Oréal group created an internal competition, the Disability Initiatives Trophies. If in 2010 only 5 countries participated, they were 14 in 2012 and 65 in 2014.





  • Diversification of recruitment

    • Between 2010 and 2014, the number of countries working with associations to diversify their recruitment increased from 21 to 25.
    • Over the same period, the number of countries implementing partnerships with schools or universities increased from 49 to 50.


  • Number of nationalities in overall headcount

135 nationalities were represented within the group in 2010. There are 158 of them in 2015.


  • An example from the USA : The percentage of multi-cultural employees (Hispanic, African American, Asian, American Indian …) of the total USA workforce increased from 28% to 36% between 2010 and 2015.


  • In France, a close collaboration exists with 8 associations : Capital Filles, Atout jeunes Universités, Eloquentia, Energie jeune, Esprit d’ébène, Institut de l’engagement, promotion des talents, SOS racisme.

The number of volunteer employees went from 142 in 2010 to 216 in 2012 and 312 in 2015. Over the same period, the number of beneficiaries went from 1085 in 2010 to 3520 in 2012 and 4238 in 2015.





Diversity Training

In 2010, a total of 3571 employees had been trained in the Diversity workshops. In 2015 this number increased to over 18000 employees worldwide.